Entertainment & Arts

National Television Awards to honour London 2012

Ellie Simmonds, Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis
Image caption Olympic and Paralympic stars Ellie Simmonds, Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis took part in a special parade in London earlier this month

Stars from the Olympic and Paralympic Games will be honoured at the National Television Awards in January.

A special Landmark Award will be presented to key members of London 2012 "to pay homage to the UK's greatest Olympic teams in over 100 years".

The most contentious awards battle is expected to be between talents shows.

The first series of BBC One's The Voice will compete against more established rivals, The X Factor, Strictly Come Dancing and Britain's Got Talent.

The newly revealed longlist also features Dancing on Ice, Got To Dance and Let's Dance for Sport Relief.

A special film featuring highlights of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, which achieved record TV audiences, will be shown during the ceremony to celebrate the Landmark Award.

Viewers are being asked to vote on their favourite moments, such as Mo Farah's gold medal wins, Ellie Simmonds' swimming triumphs and even the Queen's James Bond-style skydive.

This year's drama category pits hit ITV1 period drama Downton Abbey against BBC One's new Edwardian adaptation Parade's End, and detective dramas Scott & Bailey and Lewis.

Image caption 2011 champions Little Mix helped The X Factor win the last talent show battle

The Great British Bake Off gets its first NTA nomination, up against Paul O'Grady: For The Love Of Dogs and Anne Robinson's Watchdog in the factual entertainment category.

Jonathan Ross' ITV1 chatshow is again nominated against The Graham Norton Show, which replaced Ross in the coveted Friday night slot.

Earlier this year they both lost out in the chat show category to Alan Carr's Chatty Man.

However 2013's awards will see them compete in the entertainment programme category, against shows including Piers Morgan's Life Stories, The Only Way Is Essex and The Million Pound Drop Live.

Presenting duo Ant and Dec - Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly - will be fighting to take the Entertainment Presenter award home for a twelfth consecutive year.

Alan Carr, Keith Lemon and Dermot O'Leary, who will host the 18th NTAs ceremony live on ITV1 on 23 January, are among their competition.

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